Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Northern Red-legged Thrush (Turdus plumbeus)


French: Merle des Bahamas German: Bahama-Rotfußdrossel Spanish: Zorzal patirrojo norteño

Turdus plumbeus


, 1758,

America [= Islands of Andros and Eleuthera (Bahamas)]


Formerly placed in separate genus, Mimocichla. Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. rubripes and T. ardosiaceus, but differs from both in its all-black vs deep red, bright red or yellow bill (2); all-grey vs pale rufous or white belly and vent (3); reduced white around base of bill and on throat, so that latter is all black or virtually so and with no sign of black streaks as in blacker-throated T. rubripes (2). Monotypic.


N Bahamas (Grand Bahama, the Abacos, Andros, New Providence, Eleuthera and Cat I).

Descriptive notes

25–28 cm; 66·4–86 g. Slate-grey above, with black throat, short white submoustachial and chin, black tail, wing feathers with pale grey outer vanes and... read more


Song a melodious but laboured and monotonous series of phrases of 1–3 syllables, “... read more


Woodlands and forests at all elevations and of all types (semi-deciduous, pine), casuarinas,... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Like T. rubripes probably feeds heavily on invertebrates and fruits; forages mainly on ground among leaf litter, coming... read more


Jan–Sept (peak May–Aug). Nest presumably like that of T. rubripes and T. ardosiaceus, and sited... read more


Apparently sedentary, but has wandered to Florida and, within the Bahamas, to Great Inagua.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread within range. Abundance estimate in pine forests on Grand Bahama I was 559–2235 individuals in 2007.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Northern Red-legged Thrush (Turdus plumbeus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).